Welcome to Abbey Gardens, a community garden in West Ham
surrounding part of the ruins of a
12th century abbey.

There are free garden club sessions and new gardeners are always welcome. The garden is open to visitors from dawn till dusk.


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Gardening sessions take place on
Tuesdays 1pm-3pm
Thursdays 4pm-7pm
Saturdays 10am-4pm

Workshops

Healthy living on a sunny Saturday – the Herb Festival

Tea blending, herbal remedies, beautiful herb-themed face painting, colourful vegan food, Egyptian yoga, massage and a lovely fusion of jazz, blues and latino music, all on a sunny September Saturday at our Herb Festival! Even our volunteer bakers had got involved, with healthy sweet treats for our cake stall!

Massive thanks to Hackney Herbal, Kate Thomas and Los Maderos Music, Herbs 4 Healthy Living, Sofia the amazing face painter, Chut the Cheese Up street food, Barbara Nowak, Luke Miller, Nana, our event organiser Nathan, Kip and Dasha who ran the cake stall, our behind the scenes volunteers and to everyone who came along and enjoyed the day.

Music, workshops and food at our Herb Festival, on Saturday 14 September, 12 noon – 4pm

The Herb Festival
Saturday 14 September 12 noon – 4pm
A free event for all ages

Jazz, blues & latino music 1pm – 3pm 

Free workshops:
Herbal home remedies 1pm – 2.30pm 
Herbal Tea Blending with Hackney Herbal 2pm – 3.30pm 
Learn about Hempcrete All day 
Yoga All day 
Herb face painting 1pm – 3pm 
Healthy tea & cakes*
Healthy food for the soul* 

*Food and drinks for donations to the garden

Urban Herb Gardening, The Great Get Together and The Herb Festival – events for your diary

Urban Herb Gardening – Saturday 15th June 12pm – 2pm
Green Hands Newham will host an event at Abbey Gardens to pot herbs to take home.
It’s easier than you think to get green fingers in London. Join this FREE workshop and take potted herbs home.The Great Get Together – Saturday 22nd June 12pm – 3pm
Bring a dish to share with your local community. Get to know your neighbours and do a spot of zen gardening

The Herb Festival – Saturday 14th September 12pm – 4pm
Our Autumn festival is our biggest in the year. Come and enjoy fresh food produced from the vegetables in the garden. Learn about plants and gardening. Learn about medicinal herbs and cosmetics. Join a workshop on healing powers of herbs whilst listening to live music and enjoying tea and home baked cakes.

Teas, coffees, cakes and honesty stall produce for donations to the garden.

Future Vision of the Garden: a workshop on Saturday 2 February

Abbey Gardens has now been running successfully for 11 years. This is incredible, especially on limited resources. The garden has been managed primarily by volunteers since its conception and like any organisation, it needs to have a new life to be fit for the future.

We are hosting a visioning workshop session on:
Saturday 2 February 2019
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Abbey Gardens Cabin – Bakers Row – E15 

This is open to all members, but we would very much like to have input from actively involved gardeners and behind the scenes volunteers.

Book your place by emailing Torange at:
Mail@abbeygardens.org

Market, garden: our third Triangle Market at Abbey Gardens

Goodies galore, colourful crafts, delicious food, history, poetry and live music from Natasha Kirke – our third Triangle Market at Abbey Gardens has been full of wonderful things. Thank you to everyone who took part, to the Triangle Market crew, to the history and poetry activity leaders and to everyone who came along, shopped, explored and discovered. We’ve made new garden friends and discovered new potential collaborations.

Follow Triangle Market here for news of its next market.

If you’d like to get involved in more poetry with Newham Poetry Group, its Meetup page is here.

And our friendly drop-in community gardening sessions are on Tuesdays 1pm-3pm, Thursdays 4pm-7pm and Saturdays, 11am-4pm. Help grow food and flowers, get outdoors, get active, enjoy the beautiful urban green space and meet the neighbours!

Top picture by kind permission of Hugh Preedy.

Local history and people’s poetry: free activities on Saturday 18 August

Local history session Saturday 18 August 1pm – 2pm – help start a local history society
Hear about local history in the setting of Abbey Gardens, which is itself a historical site containing the ruin of the Stratford Langthorne Abbey Gatehouse. Local history enthusiasts Marieta and Gareth will tell some local history stories and share their experience of setting up a volunteer-run history society.

Poetry in the garden with Newham Poetry Society: Saturday 18 August, workshop 2pm-3pm using the garden as inspiration, open mic 3pm-4pm
Newham Poetry Society has been organising free, accessible weekly poetry sessions at Stratford Library for the past two years. Participants have shown that there is huge enthusiasm locally to read, listen, share, learn and perform poetry as an expression of lived experience. Members come from a wide range of ages, abilities, cultures and social and educational backgrounds. Members are energetic, ambitious, generous in sharing ideas and experiences and continue in conversation beyond the group settings. Newham Poetry Society has been branching out to local events and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the garden.

Join in, try something new and enjoy community market Triangle Market, which will be at the garden from 12 noon to 4pm.

Our usual drop-in community gardening session will also be running, from 11am to 4pm, so come and join us or ask us about the garden and how you can get involved.